Good question! I (Rebecca) work at a private academic university and many of my male colleagues wear bow ties on a day-to-day basis, so I don’t know why it would be different in an interview, as long as it is still conservative. What say you, oh LW readers?
I'm switching careers into librarianship, and I have never worn a suit before (I'm a male). The thing I dislike about suits is that I find ties to be odd. However, I do like bowties. For upcoming interviews, do you think it is inappropriate to wear a bowtie? If it makes a difference, interviews will be in academic libraries. I'm thinking conservative, such as a white bowtie on a white shirt/charcoal suit.
- jedilibrarian42 said:Take a cue from The Doctor, “I wear a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.”
- janegale said:Go with a normal tie until you get the job and have worked there for a little while.
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- tigerarchivist said:Bowties are cool! sayeth the Doctor. But a white bowtie should really be worn only in a formal setting. Go with a navy or a dark red.
- clowderforce said:Would not recommend. It makes you stand out, and not in the way you want for an interview. Save it for on the job.
- small-as-a-world said:White actually sounds a little flashy to me! Go with navy, I say, for the interview— and then spice it up when you get the job. Bowties are totally appropriate.
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